Speck case damaging Macbook Air?

aaron5566

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Jun 23, 2012
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I just got a case, the Speck SeeThru Satin case for my 2012 13" MacBook Air and it seems to add quite a bit of weight and I'm afraid that it might spoil my hinge. With the case on if I close my Mac at about 45 degrees it seem to fall by itself to the point of closing by itself . Without the case I can close the lid about like 5cm from the base before it closes by itself. I hope this makes sense? So now I worry that the case might spoil my hinge even as I put my Mac on my bed it opens wider. Anyone has this problem ? Should I stop using the case? I'm quite disappointed about this and I can't return it...
 

falterego

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Dec 28, 2008
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The weight of the case closing the computer is no different than the weight of your hand closing it.

As for it pulling the computer open more I can't say. Does it pull it open to the full extent of the hinge's movability? If so then it might be putting a little more stress on the hinge, but I seriously doubt the small amount of weight would make enough difference to cause damage.

I seem to remember the opening angle of the screen being about 135 degrees, so if you're not hitting that full angle there is nothing at all to worry about.
 

dpc

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Oct 19, 2008
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i had the same problem with the speck case. the upper shell that wraps around the screen was weighing it down, this was especially obvious at a 45 degree angle or lower. so i took it off. i'm just using the lower half now.
 

Urindanger

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have no problems with my case. but is there anyone who has experienced that the case scratch MBA?
 

soulreaver99

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I don't recommend the speck case. If you put it in wrong or after a long period of time, it will leave nasty marks and scratches on your MacBook. I learned the hard way. It's a lot better to get a sleeve. Unlike a phone, you don't really need permanent protection for the casing. Adds weight and hides the beauty of the air.
 

tsboy69

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My 13" Mid-2012 screen will fold and hold to just above closing without closing by itself. Nice and tight....yet still opens with one finger lifting with the base staying put.

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Urindanger

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I don't recommend the speck case. If you put it in wrong or after a long period of time, it will leave nasty marks and scratches on your MacBook. I learned the hard way. It's a lot better to get a sleeve. Unlike a phone, you don't really need permanent protection for the casing. Adds weight and hides the beauty of the air.
but if you take it once a month and clean. can u keep it clean for scratches
then?
 

TheRealDamager

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I'm a big proponent of skins like icarbons (especially the brushed titanium finish).

They keep the original look, weight, and feel of the Air, without all of the downsides of cases. I just don't think the slightly increased protection of the hard cases are worth the downsides (look, weight, feel).
 

weckart

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have no problems with my case. but is there anyone who has experienced that the case scratch MBA?
I had a Speck and an Incase shell and both marked my Macbook Pro. I would just rather Apple ditched the soft aluminium and tried something less fragile.
 

aaron5566

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I decided to take out the case . I'm really OCD about scratches on my MacBook and didn't want to risk it. Thank God there isnt any scratches . Basically just threw 50 bucks into the bin...
 

jbzcar

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I have a clear Speck on my mid-2011 11" Air and I have one on my late-2008 15" uMPB. I just got my Air this week, but I've had the MPB for a while, and the Speck has not added any scratches to it.

I think my Air looks really awesome with the Speck on it, too. :)

I need to find a keyboard cover/protector that I like for my Air now. I got an iVeil, and I do not care for it... My iSkin on my MPB was much nicer. The iVeil doesn't fit as well. Might try the Moshi next.
 

sillyrabbitt

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i had a case called made by powersupport called "airjacket" on for a year and the MBA is in beautiful shape. the plastic cracks in places which bothers me but it does protect the mba. the plastic slides a little on the table/surface you have the mba on but its a great protective shield otherwise.
 

falterego

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I'm not sure what people are doing wrong with the Speck shells. I've had the same black satin shell on my 2010 13" MBP for the past 2 years and it is spotless. I haven't taken it off the computer in over 9 months and it just now came off easily and my computer had no scratches/black marks/dents/bends like several people complain of.

My coworker has a 2009 15" MBP with a clear Speck shell and he has had the same experience as me. He travels a lot more with his laptop and has it out on photo shoots as well as airplanes, public transportation and sitting at coffee shops. I don't think I'm in the minority here.